William Smith Shipley, 85, Westinghouse supervisorWilliam...

June 30, 1996

William Smith Shipley, 85, Westinghouse supervisor

William Smith Shipley, 85, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. production supervisor, died June 8 of pneumonia at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia.

Mr. Shipley, who lived for many years in Westview, retired in 1974 from Westinghouse. where he had started as a guard in 1945 after his discharge from the Navy.

He was born and raised on his family's Telegraph Road tobacco farm in Anne Arundel County. Educated in county schools, he worked on the farm until he enlisted in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Shipley was known for his ability to fix anything in his workshop.

A daughter, Patricia A. Garvey of Linthicum, said, "My dad was wonderful working with his hands.

"If he read a book on electrical work, he could turn right around and do it.

"He was a totally self-taught man and never even went to high school. But he read a lot, all of the time, and he had a memory you wouldn't believe," she said.

His 1934 marriage to the former Thelma J. Forrest ended in divorce. He was married in 1971 to the former Jenny Mossman, who died in 1988.

He lived for more than 20 years in Daytona Beach, Fla., before returning to Maryland.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at Linthicum United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, Linthicum.

Mr. Shipley is also survived by another daughter, Joan Schaub of Ellicott City, and five grandsons.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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